Batelco and Ericsson have successfully conducted the first 5G trial in Bahrain at Batelco’s Headquarters in Hamala, as part of the Batelco and Ericsson 5G Forum.The trial demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment and over a live network, including tests on speed, latency and beam steering, reaching a record speed of 25 Gbps. The trial aims to drive innovation for IoT applications on 5G mobile network technology based on the market requirements in Bahrain.
The minister of transportation and telecommunications H.E. Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Batelco chairman Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, E-government authority CEO Mohammed Al Qaed, members of Batelco’s Board of Directors and executive management and officials from Batelco and Ericsson attended the event.
Batelco Bahrain CEO Eng. Muna Al Hashemi said: “The trial was a demonstration of our commitment to ensure that we are offering the very best telecommunications services and digital solutions, as well as providing a digital backbone for the Kingdom of Bahrain as it moves to life in the networked society of the future.”
“Today’s successful trial prepares Batelco’s network for a 5G future. It is another demonstration of our long standing partnership market with significant milestones to date. I am confident that we will continue to collaborate with our valued customers to deliver high quality end-to-end network performance in Bahrain and further demonstrate our commitment to Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, ” said Rafiah Ibrahim, president, Ericsson market area Middle East and Africa.
5G has the potential to drive $600 million in 5G opportunities for 5G players in Bahrain, according to Ericsson’s 5G Business Potential Report. During GITEX 2016, Batelco and Ericsson had signed a MoU to drive innovation and early IoT applications based on 5G technologies, according to the market requirements of Bahrain.